Club Corner: Radio Amateurs Commemorate Battle of Vimy Ridge

Club Corner: Radio Amateurs Commemorate Battle of Vimy Ridge

By Bob Schofield, VE1RSM, President, Kings County Amateur Radio Club

From Sandy Cove on the Digby Neck to Sydney, Nova Scotia, Radio Amateurs took to the airwaves to tell the world of Canada’s victory at the Battle of VIMY Ridge. Starting on New Year’s Day, 2017, and for the next six days, fourteen operators across Nova Scotia told the VIMY story to more than 5700 Amateur Radio stations in 73 countries around the world. These contacts were made using voice (SSB), Morse code (CW), and digital modes (RTTY and PSK31).

VE100VIMY/VE1, the call sign used by the operators, was issued specially for the occasion by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The call sign was issued to the VIMY Commemorative Station Society based in Richmond, BC. The Society was formed in 2012, and with the cooperation of the Amateur’s national organization, Radio Amateurs of Canada, organized operations in all thirteen of Canada’s Amateur Radio call sign areas. Each call sign area activates VE100VIMY for a week from January to March, 2017.

The culmination of the Society’s VIMY initiative will be an around-the-clock operation from April 1 to April 9, 2017 by an international group of Amateurs at the Battle site at VIMY, France. More information may be found on the Society’s website at

The Nova Scotia Amateur Radio operators were: Dick Grantham, VE1AI,

Dartmouth; Gerald Boutain, VE1DT, Homeville; Howard Dickson, VE1ZD, Seabright; Richard Pieniaszek, VA1CHP, Shad Bay; Roger Sturtevant, VE1SKY, Bridgetown; Wayne Blenkhorn, VE1BAB, Port Williams; Bob Schofield, VE1RSM, Hantsport; Fred Archibald, VE1FA, Port Williams; Helen Archibald, VA1YL, Port Williams; Jim Guilford, VE1JG, Dartmouth; Murray MacDonald, VE1MMD, Stillwater Lake; Mike Costelo, VE1ANU, Eastern Passage; Phil Irons, VE1BVD, Sydney; and John Scott, VE1JS, Sandy Cove, Digby.

Canadians are celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial this year, 150 proud years as a nation. The Battle of VIMY Ridge is seen as an important step in the development of Canada’s nationhood. Canada’s Nova Scotia Radio Amateurs are justly proud leading in Canada’s commemoration of the centennial of the Battle of VIMY Ridge.

Lest we forget!

Amateur radio is a great hobby and a means to improving your world geography, as well as making radio friends around the world. There is no age limit to becoming an amateur radio operator. It is a great hobby for both young and old and an enjoyable way to pass those long cold winter nights. If you would like more information about Amateur Radio in your community, see our web page at and feel free to contact any of the executive listed on the web page.

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